Sindh schools' drop out | Teachers protests

Over 240,000 drop out of schools in Sindh
Karachi, June 19: At least 240,000 children, aged five to nine, have dropped out of schools for various reasons in Sindh.

This was said by Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq, at a seminar titled "Education for all- school truancy in children", held by the department of education, in Sukkur. "It is our duty to motivate these children to attend school. In this regard, the education department has been struggling. This is why the literacy rate in Sindh is increasing at a better rate than other provinces."

He said that this year education in Sindh was allocated Rs12 billion, the highest amount in all of the four provinces. The news

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KU announces LLB Final Supplementary Exam results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced the result of LLB final year, Supplementary Examination 2011 on Monday. As per details, 125 students have been registered, 120 students appeared in the exam, out of which 27 declared passed. The pass percentage remained 22.50. Daily times

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University teachers warn of protests
Hyderabad: Federation of the All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Sindh chapter, held a meting in the Sindh University on Monday.

It was jointly presided over by Prof Kaleemullah Bareach, central president of FAPUASA and Prof Mohammad Usman Keerio, president of its Sindh chapter.

The meeting noted that the Association would observe a countrywide black day on June 25 in the public universities and hold meeting of the central body in Islamabad on June 28 and chalk out future line of action if demands were not met.

It rejected allocation of Rs15.8 billion for all public sector universities of the country against a requirement of Rs22 billion. It regretted deduction of Rs6 billions from development budget of present fiscal year and non payment of last quarter's Rs5.5 billion from previous year.

The meeting demanded of the federal government for allocation of budget as per requirement of Rs22 billion in the budget and opposed cuts on development budget and called for payment of arrears of previous year.

The meeting condemned atrocities of administration of SBBU against teachers and demanded withdrawal of FIRs, reinstatement of dismissed teacher, appointment of VC as per HEC criteria. It observed that atrocities of SBBU administration were enough to get the VC terminated.

The meeting reiterated demand for appointment of a new in-service VC in the Sindh University and acceptance of other demands put forth by FAPUASA Sindh.

The meting was attended by presidents and secretaries of public sector universities, including University of Sindh, Mehran University, Quad-i-Awam University, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) Nawabshah and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur. Dawn

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British Council to initiate programme for teachers
Karachi: The British council is to initiate a large-scale training programme for teachers of English and teachers teaching various subjects in English in their respective institutions.

This was disclosed by David Martin, outgoing director of the British Council, Karachi, at the farewell dinner held for him at a local hotel, Monday evening.

He said that the programme would begin initially in the Punjab and the British Council would be spending 1.5 million pounds sterling a year on the project.

In due course, Martin said, the British Council would like to induct other partners in the project too.

Martin will be taking up his position at the British Council Headquarters in London in the Global Schools Department.

Talking about his stay in Pakistan, Martin said that it had been a wonderful three years for him in Karachi, and Pakistan, and said that he'd be taking back the happiest memories of his staff at the British Council, Karachi.

He said he'd also be taking back memories of the Karachi weather "at its worst".

"Most of all, I'll remember the people of Pakistan, for, despite the daunting challenges, Pakistan has a wonderful human resource potential", and to illustrate his statement, he cited the case of the Karachi Literature Festival which brought to the fore the tremendous talent and intellectual development that exists in society here.

"The young people of Pakistan are a real hope for the country", he said, adding that he did not see any signs of apathy in them towards the challenges and problems that hovered over the country.

He quoted the noted British journalist and academic, Anatol Levin, to the effect that the education scenario in Pakistan indicated very encouraging trends.

Talking about the British Council, Martin said, "We are not a donor organization because we don't have all that money but more so because we work in partnership with other organizations overseas and don't have that donor-recipient relationship with those we assist".

Mashood Rizvi, Director, British Council, Sindh-Balochistan, in his address lauded David Martin for his leadership and said that he had come out to the British Council at a very critical juncture but said that Martin had provided lots of clarity as to how we were a cultural organization, a teachers' training organization, and how important it was to create spaces, like for instance, the Karachi Literature Festival.

He referred to Martin as a "spectacular" human being. The news

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